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Ippodo Tea Co. Celebrates 300 Years
Preserving the Japanese Green Tea Tradition for Three Centuries

Ippodo, one of the world’s most prestigious sources of Japanese green tea, is a company richly steeped in tradition, and proud to celebrate its momentous 300th anniversary this year.

Continuously owned and operated by the Watanabe family for three centuries, Ippodo has upheld the culture of Japanese tea since 1717 when founder Rihei Watanabe established a teashop called Omiya in Kyoto, just south of the Imperial Palace. In 1846, the shop was renamed Ippodo by Prince Yamashina, which literally means “preserve one” in Japanese, as he wanted the shop to forever maintain its tradition of providing high quality tea cultivated from the lush fields outside of Kyoto.

To this day, Ippodo stayed true to this wish, by providing a superlative tea with consistent flavor for hundreds of years. Also at the heart of the Ippodo mission is to educate the public on the subtleties of this divine brew, in the hope that consumers will discover all the delicate pleasures that each green tea has to offer.

“To us, tea is not only a beverage, but an experience to be enjoyed and cherished,” says Masakazu Watanabe, Director of Ippodo. “As with fine wine, different teas and their flavor profiles pair so well with various meals as well as life moments.”

Along with preserving the Japanese green tea tradition, Ippodo aims to share this tea experience globally, through tea workshops and partnerships in major metropolitan cities worldwide. In addition to their three retail stores (Kyoto, Tokyo, and New York) and online shop, Ippodo’s heritage teas can now be enjoyed at Sqirl restaurant in Los Angeles, The Japan Store Isetan Mitsukoshi in Paris, So in London, and many other global destinations. And as Japanese green tea continues to grow in popularity, from the recent matcha craze to increased interest in lesser-known teas, Ippodo will be the luxury tea retailer name to recognize when searching for quality, authenticity and taste.


Peet's Coffee Celebrates 51st Anniversary with Blend that Gives Back

Peet's Coffee® announced the launch of its annual, limited release Anniversary Blend, which celebrates its founding by giving back to origin via the company's program Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing™.   
The 2017 Anniversary Blend continues a longstanding tradition of donating to coffee-producing communities and this year supports  Coffee Kids' youth training and mentorship work in Risaralda, Colombia.

The year's limited release highlights Peet's commitment to Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing, with twenty five cents of every purchase (up to $50,000) benefiting the Coffee Kids program in Colombia. Coffee Kids provides business training, mentorship, and seed capital to aspiring entrepreneurs in coffee-growing communities to support the next generation of coffee farmers. Peet's has been a proud donor to Coffee Kids for nearly thirty years.

As The Original Craft Coffee™, Peet's can claim over fifty years of coffee expertise in sourcing, blending, and roasting exceptional beans. The Anniversary Blend, first created in 1991, builds on this heritage and reflects the care with which Peet's approaches handcrafting coffee. This year's edition features three select and extraordinary single-origin coffees from Colombia, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea that are skillfully roasted to produce a rich, full-bodied texture.

"Our 2017 Anniversary Blend is comprised of three exceptional single-origins that each bring a unique fruity quality," said Doug Welsh, Vice President, Coffee, Peet's Coffee. "There are hints of ripe melon from Colombia, sweet cherry from Rwanda, and full-bodied papaya from New Guinea. Together these flavors produce a refreshingly bright cup. Sweeter still, this year's blend contributes to Coffee Kids, which supports youth training and mentorship that empowers budding coffee entrepreneurs."
The 2017 Anniversary Blend is available now, in distinctive purple bags, and while supplies last. The blend can be purchased at:  Participating Peet's coffeebar locations and online at or look for it at grocery stores nationwide.


Hotbox Roasters Introduces Canned Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

Colorado’s Hotbox Roasters introduces its latest caffeinated creation, Nitro Cold Brew. Hotbox Roasters' Nitro Cold Brew is a high-octane dose of 420 mg of caffeine in an infinitely recyclable 12 fl. oz. can.

"Our Nitro Cold Brew is a dose of natural energy that's ready for anything," said Matt Herren, Green Coffee Buyer & Wholesale Director at Hotbox Roasters. "It is a great complement to our whole bean roasts and collaborative coffee beers, and gives coffee fiends a way to experience Hotbox Roasters on the move. You can throw back a can or pour it aggressively into a glass—either way you're bound to love the velvety smooth texture and naturally sweet flavor."

Hotbox Roasters' Nitro Cold Brew is available for sale at all Oskar Blues Brewery and Fooderies locations as well as Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe located in Denver's RiNo Art District. It can also be found on shelves at major grocers in Alabama, California, Colorado, North Carolina and coming soon to Florida, Kansas and Missouri. Retail partners include Whole Foods, Lucky's Market, Alfalfa's Market and coming soon to Kroger brand stores. One 12 fl. oz. can retails for $3.69-$4.20.

Hotbox Roasters brews its Nitro Cold Brew with premium, kindly-sourced Arabica coffee beans. The beans are roasted in Longmont, Colo. and the coffee is brewed for 24 hours with cold, crisp, filtered Rocky Mountain water. During the brewing process millions of smooth, velvety nitrogen bubbles are infused into the brew. Once fully brewed, Hotbox Roasters packages the cold brew in infinitely recyclable, portable aluminum cans, which provides an environment that protects the rich taste and aroma.

"Whether you're running, biking or just need a boost of natural energy, our Nitro Cold Brew will keep you going strong all day," said Mike Murfitt, Marketing Director at Hotbox Roasters. "Minimizing our environmental impact is a top priority, so we use aluminum cans which are infinitely recyclable and protect the flavor and consistency of all our coffee products."

In May 2017, the Hotbox Roasters crew will embark on a three-month road trip across the country to bring Nitro Cold Brew samples to the masses. You can join the caffeine-fueled journey by following Hotbox Roasters on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. The team will post tour dates, location details, and pop-up stops along the way.


Pique Debuts New Iced Tea Collection

Pique is the pioneer in Pure Instant Tea – healthier, better tasting hydration on-the-go. Tea Crystals are simple to enjoy and easy to benefit from and free of sugar, preservatives, artificial flavoring and plastic bottles. Pique's mission is to make the world's healthiest and most mindful beverage as easy to consume as water.
Pique is USDA Organic Certified and made from loose leaf teas sourced direct from farm and blended by our own tea master. Using a patented Cold Crystallization® process, Pique extracts the beneficial antioxidants and fresh flavor of loose leaf tea at their maximum potency and freshness.
Pique can be found at Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Thrive Market, Amazon and other fine stores nationwide and at

Pique, makers of Pure Instant Tea, expands award winning lineup with the launch of new Iced Tea Collection taking center stage at this year's Natural Products Expo West Show, held earlier this month in Anaheim, CA.

Pique delivers the beneficial antioxidants and fresh flavor of loose leaf tea, without the hassle of brewing or the sugar and additives in bottled tea. Now launching in three invigorating summertime blends – Passion Fruit Green Tea, Peach Ginger Black Tea, and Pomegranate White Tea. Pique keeps you hydrated and healthy on-the-go, all Summer long. Simply add water and enjoy the benefits of pure tea.

"We believe exceptional tea should be simple to enjoy and easy to benefit from. Our summer collection offers exciting new flavors in the same pure instant format that tea lover's love," says Simon Cheng, founder and CEO of Pique Tea. "As with our core line, our iced tea collection is made from organic loose leaf tea, free from sugar, preservatives and artificial flavoring, and dissolves instantly in cold water. It's easier than brewing and better-for-you than bottled tea."

In only five months, Pique has pioneered a new beverage category of pure instant teas and grown distribution from 25 Whole Foods Market stores in the San Francisco Bay Area to 600 natural specialty stores nationwide. Pique is also distributed in the Facebook, Snapchat, Airbnb, and Twitter campuses and hundreds of other food service locations.

Pique Tea's organic iced tea collection will ship in April, 2017. Pique's organic core line is now available in five popular varieties  – Jasmine, Mint Sencha, Sencha, English Breakfast, Earl Grey – and a Variety Pack. ($6.99-$7.99 for 14 servings).


New KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker Makes Home Brewing a Breeze

Cold brew coffee lovers can now make their favorite cold brew beverages at home with ease thanks to the new KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Making its debut earlier this month at the International Housewares Show, the new addition to the brand’s popular craft coffee collection brings the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop cold brew into the home.

“Cold brew coffee is an increasingly popular brewing technique known for producing a smooth, rich and full bodied flavor,” said Dan Rellis, Senior Manager of the KitchenAid® Coffee Category. “We’re thrilled to offer coffee enthusiasts a new way to treat themselves to their favorite cold brew coffee beverage in the comfort of their own home.”

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker’s thoughtful and streamlined design allows for easy home brewing in three simple steps: grind, brew and pour. The model’s no heat brewing method steeps coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and balanced flavor that can be enjoyed all day. Capable of making up to 28 ounces of concentrate at once (or approximately 14 average single servings), the resulting brew is best enjoyed by combining 2 ounces of coffee concentrate with ice and the option of milk and sweeteners.

Designed with a modern glass brew jar and sleek stainless steel tap, the cold brew coffee maker serves as a stylish addition to any kitchen countertop, while the compact footprint provides an ideal fit for a refrigerator shelf or door for easy dispensing straight from the refrigerator. A reusable stainless steel steeper allows for custom beverage brewing, aided by a fill guideline that takes the guesswork out of the process. The easy to clean glass and stainless components help to preserve taste in combination with a fitted lid that ensures freshness of coffee concentrate. A convenient carrying handle allows for easy transport from countertop to refrigerator.

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is available now in stainless steel at a suggested retail price of $129.99.  To learn more, visit 


Boyd's Coffee Launches the Pacific Northwest's First 100% Compostable Coffee Pod

New environmentally friendly coffee pods available on West Coast grocery shelves Spring 2017

Boyd Coffee Company, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, this Spring launches the first certifiable 100% compostable, single-serve coffee pod available in grocers throughout the West Coast. The soft pouch generates less waste than the leading portion packs, while delivering a fresh coffee aroma and flavor with full extraction.

 “With our long-standing commitment to organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees, Boyd’s Coffee has found an alternative solution to the billions of plastic cups filling landfills in our country,” said Jeffrey Newman, CEO of Boyd Coffee Company. “Our partner, Club Coffee, has manufactured a single-serve compostable pod that can be converted to useful compost in as little as a few weeks. As a fourth-generation Oregon company, we care deeply about our impact on the environment, and strive to find innovative ways to protect our planet.”

The popularity of single-serve coffee is apparent in office and home kitchens nationwide. According to Club Coffee, in 2014 almost 30 percent of U.S. consumers were drinking single-serve coffee, with U.S. single-serve retail coffee sales growing 319 percent between 2011 and 2015 to reach about $4.6 billion in revenue.

The new single-serve pod is made from more than 90-percent renewable resources, and the pod’s ring is made from coffee chaff—the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. Every single part of the pod is designed to be digestible by, and accessible for, bacteria, which supports the composting process after the coffee has been brewed and discarded. The pod meets the Biodegradable Products Institute standards and certifications required by municipal compost facilities. The compostable pod is compatible with most Keurig Green Mountain brewing systems, including the new Keurig 2.0 brewers.
Boyd’s new certified 100% Compostable Coffee Pods are available in a 12-count box for $9.99 in the following blends and roasts:
·       Good Morning – medium roast that is crisp, smooth and eye-opening.
·       Coffee Shop – medium-light roast that smells like morning and tastes clean, crisp and satisfying.
·       French No. 6® – dark roast with an intoxicating aroma, seductive and sweet.
·       Hi-Rev® - medium-dark roast with a high caffeine level that equals hi-performance.
·       Lost Lake Decaf Organic is a certified organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ medium-dark roast with a complex flavor and simple natural water decaffeination process.
·       Red Wagon Organic Coffee is a certified organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ dark roast that is smoky and sweet with a smooth finish.

Without using a compostable pod, coffee consumers would have to separate their coffee single serves; opening them, composting the used grounds, cleaning and recycling the plastic cup, and disposing of the foil lid in the garbage. “Composting manufacturers have been losing coffee compost for the past few years due to the rise of plastic single-serve pods,” said Al Rattie, director of market development, US Composting Council. “The majority of these used pods go directly to landfills, creating a huge amount of waste, and depriving compost manufacturers of an important nutrient component. The creation of a fully compostable, fully certified pod is a critical development in achieving healthy soils and a sustainable society, and sets the standard for single-serve pods moving forward.”
More information about Club Coffee’s 100% certified Compostable Pod can be found at